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Lesson Plan #: AELP-WLG0014
Submitted by: Denise Tabor
Email: taborl@ametro.net
School/University/Affiliation: Dukate Elementary School, Biloxi, MS Date: July 27, 1999

Grade Level(s): 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


  • Language Arts/Whole Language

Duration: 45 minutes Description: This is a great way for students to get to know one another during the first few days of school. It also makes a great addition to any poetry unit. A two word biopoem could also be used to describe a character from a book or story.

Goals: Students communicate facts about themselves. Students appreciate poetry as a vehicle for communicating information.

Objectives: The learner introduces himself or herself by writing a poem about himself of herself with two words in each line of the poem.


  • paper
  • pencil
  • an example written by the teacher

Procedure: Describe yourself to the class. You may also tell about likes, dislikes, hobbies and needs. Show your two word autobiopoem to the class on the overhead. Read the poem to the students. Have students note that each line begins with a capital. And that there is no punctuation in a two word poem. After students read and discuss the model, students write their own poems. Example

Denise Tabor
Brown hair
Green eyes
Big feet
Skinny arms
Has puppy
Wears Keds
Two sisters
One brother
Likes reading
Fears snakes
Rides bike
Eats sweets
Drinks Coke
Needs sleep
Uses internet
Types slowly
Laughs loudly
Chews gum
Saves coupons
Bites nails
Loves summer

Assessment: Students publish and share their finished two word autobiopoem.